Darwin – Day 3: Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

The Museum is in the suburb of Fannie Bay.  It has some really great displays.  My favourite was the Cyclone Tracey display.  Cyclone Tracey devastated Darwin on Christmas Eve 1974. For days the rest of the world had no idea what was going on.  In those days there wasn’t a lot of thought put into housing that would stand up to cyclonic winds.  The museum itself lost a lot of artifacts and exhibitions.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime

The White Night festival is still in its infancy in Melbourne.  This year was only the second time it has been held. However it has become one of the most popular.  Held in the 3rd week of February when Summer is just past its peak, the nights are normally warm which encourages more people to join in.  Scenes are projected on to many buildings, there are laser displays and live music and dance all around the city and Yarra River.

This year it was on the same night as a Melbourne Victory game at AAMI Park so we walked the short distance to see what it was all about.  It is so crowded it is best to stay on the outskirts of the city where you can see and enjoy more.

Here is one of my photos from the night.

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Darwin Day 2: Shenanigans

Shenanigans is an Irish bar in Darwin. It’s a very popular bar in a very popular street in Darwin.  When we booked we were asked if we wanted a table indoors or out. It was a very hot day so we thought it would be nice to sit outside.  The waitress said we could sit outside because it was getting cold so the locals were starting to sit inside.  We laughed because the temperature was still in the mid 20’s all through the night.

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Baked salmon with garlic butter and vegies. This is what I ate. The parmesan-crumbed salmon was perfectly cooked.

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Barramundi, chips and salad

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Darwin: Day 2 – Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve

The reserve is a haven for wildlife near Darwin.  There are birds, snakes (death adder and water python for example) and crocodiles move in during the wet season.  There are boardwalks in the park to make safe for the environment and the people walking around.

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What I found fascinating was the history of the dam.  In the 1950’s a project was begun to grow rice in the wetlands.  However it was too wet to grow so it was turned into the wetlands bird sanctuary.  There is a trail called the Humpty Doo Rice Trail (Humpty Doo being the name of the area) dedicated to the history of the area.

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It is a beautiful, serene area.  You could sit for hours just watching the wildlife.

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I would love to have seen the photo this guy took.  The driver stopped the bus so we could watch a bird in a tree.  She realised that was what the guy was trying to photograph.  He waited very patiently while we looked.  When we began to move we drove very slowly so we didn’t scare the bird out of the tree.